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Sibyl Creasey and Shirley Fuller have extracted news articles from two old county newspapers, the Canton Herald and the Wills Point Chronicle that have been microfilmed. Complete articles and more are available to researchers in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton. Copies of these articles are also available by writing to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. When requesting a copy, please send a check or money order for $2 to cover cost of copying and postage.

Wills Point Chronicle, Friday, October 7, 1932

"A group of some forty teachers have arranged through the East Texas State Teachers College of Commerce to take some extension courses during the coming school year. The class met in the county superintendent's office Saturday and made final arrangements for the courses. The following courses are being offered: Education 322-A, History of Education in the U. S., 216-Old Bible History. These classes will meet at the High School Building in Canton at 9 :00 a. m. History 216 will be the first class followed by the course in education. Teachers may enroll Saturday, October 8th, and still complete the courses.

"News was received by relatives here Sunday of the death of Mrs. D. H. Phipps, which occurred at her home in Marlow, Okla., while she was preparing lunch, the final summons coming suddenly with a heart attack. (See newspaper for complete article.)

"Miss Doris Harris and Virgil Waggoner were married Sept. 24, at the home of Rev. Lockridge in Terrell. Miss Lillian Rankin was maid of honor. Miss Harris is the daughter of the late Will Harris and is loved by all for her winning ways. Virgil is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Granville Waggoner of near Cobb and is a young man of sterling worth. The Chronicle joins their friends in best wishes.

"The senior class of Wills Point high school met Friday morning, Sept. 30. The president appointed the following committees.
Class flowers and colors.-Christine Turner, J. C. Venable and Madine Childs.
Class motto.-Eugene Jordan, Grace Welmaker and Wanda Hawkins.
Class rings.- Romilida Johnson, Billie Johnson and Elizabeth Ann Staton.
Invitations.-Clyde Sadler, Julius Tomkin and Glynie Sanders.

"J. D. Ramsey and Miss Mary Miller were united in marriage at the Methodist parsonage in Wills Point Monday evening at 7:45 o'clock, Dr. L. F. Brothers officiating. The bride is a daughter of Charlie Miller and a graduate of the Wills Point high school. The groom has lived in Wills Point only a short time, but those who know him hold him in high esteem as young man with high ideals, upright character and a promising future.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Bunch, Oct. 5 a girl.-Mr. and Mrs. Julian Sewell and son, Harvey, spent Monday in Dallas.-Edward Shuttle spent a few days this week with Mr. and Mrs. Ike Allred.-Mrs. Will McNeely, Mrs. Jno. Ezell and Baker Ezell spent Tuesday in Dallas.-Mrs. J. N. Ivy and son, James, and Mrs. Earl Greer spent Tuesday in Dallas.-William Gibson of Sweetwater was a week-end visitor of W. P. Gibson and wife.-Miss Lillian Rankin was hostess to a shower Oct. 5, honoring Mrs. Virgil Waggoner, Forty guests were present and many useful gifts were given, all wishing Dorris a happy life.-Miss E. W. Dillard and Miss Josie Durrine of Los Angeles, Calif. visited Mrs. E. B. Collier Tuesday on their way to Texarkana. They will be here Saturday on the return trip to California.


"The Wills Point Tigers defeated the Malakoff football team at Malakoff, last Friday afternoon, with a 20-0 score, bringing their percentage to two games played and two won. The touchdowns were made by Mince, Sewell and Sadler. Mince carried the ball over on plunges while Sewell and Sadler made their touchdowns on passes. The two remaining points were made with a line plunge. The most spectacular run of the game was when C. Smith received the ball on a kickoff and ran down the field for a return of 45 or 50 yards, with no interference. Wills Point's starting line up was as follows: Backfield; Mince, fullback; Hubbard, halfback; Harris, halfback and Johnson, quarterback.- Line: Sadler and Sewell, ends; Venable and Phipps, tackles: Byrd and Griser, guards; and Harris center.
Two of the squad's regulars were out of the affray because of their required presence stand inspection held by the National Guard Friday night, Kinard and Captain Brock.

"A. W. Meredith, Confederate soldier, attended the State Confederate Reunion held at Paris, Texas, on October 6th and 7th, and reports a most enjoyable time.
According to Mr. Meredith 115 Confederate soldiers registered, and the group was given hotel rooms, meal tickets and all but the key to the city's bank vaults.

"C. E. Gridley and Miss Bettie Ewalt both of Cedar Grove, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony Sunday morning at 9 o'clock by Rev. J. B. Ritchie, the ceremony being witnessed by the bride's brother, and wife, and the groom's brother.

"Miss Jewel Watson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Watson of Weslaco and Mr. Steve Marshall, son of L. A. Marshall of Floydada, Texas, were united in marriage at Dallas Monday morning, Sept. 19th at 11 o'clock. (See newspaper for complete article.)

"Mrs. G. H. Wilson, who has been residing in Denton for the past year, returned to Wills Point last week and will make her home here in the future. Her many friends welcome her back to our thriving little city.

"Joseph Weldon Lynn and Miss Verna Lee Pettit were united in marriage Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock by Rev. McBride of Sava at the home of the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Pettit on Pecan avenue.

"News has been received here of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Sammy E. Tanner at Weslaco on Sept. 3. The mother is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Watson, who resided in Wills Point for many years.

"Mrs. M. A. Calloway, age 80 years, died at her home on the old Wills Point-Canton highway, Sunday and was buried in the New Salem cemetery Monday afternoon." (See newspaper for complete obituary.)

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